ar·tic·u·late • adj. / ärˈtikyəlit/ 1. (of a person or a person's words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently: an articulate account of their experiences.2. having joints or jointed segments. ∎ Zool. denoting a brachiopod that has projections and sockets that form a hinge joining the two halves of the shell.• v. / -ˌlāt/ 1. [tr.] express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently: they were unable to articulate their emotions. ∎ pronounce (something) clearly and distinctly: he articulated each word with precision | [intr.] people who do not articulate well are more difficult to lip-read. 2. [intr.] form a joint: the mandible is a solid piece articulating with the head. ∎ (be articulated) be connected by joints: the wing is articulated to the thorax.DERIVATIVES: ar·tic·u·la·ble adj.ar·tic·u·la·cy / -ləsē/ n.ar·tic·u·late·ly adv.ar·tic·u·late·ness n.ar·tic·u·la·tor / -ˌlātər/ n.